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Correctional Officers and Jailers

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Guard inmates in penal or rehabilitative institutions in accordance with established regulations and procedures. May guard prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prison, or other point. Includes deputy sheriffs and police who spend the majority of their time guarding prisoners in correctional institutions.

    Work Activities
    • Conduct head counts to ensure that each prisoner is present.
    • Inspect conditions of locks, window bars, grills, doors, and gates at correctional facilities to ensure security and help prevent escapes.
    • Monitor conduct of prisoners in housing unit, or during work or recreational activities, according to established policies, regulations, and procedures, to prevent escape or violence.
    • Search prisoners and vehicles and conduct shakedowns of cells for valuables and contraband, such as weapons or drugs.
    • Process or book convicted individuals into prison.
    • Maintain records of prisoners' identification and charges.
    • Record information, such as prisoner identification, charges, and incidences of inmate disturbance, and keep daily logs of prisoner activities.
    • Search for and recapture escapees.
    • Guard facility entrances to screen visitors.
    • Inspect mail for the presence of contraband.
    • Use weapons, handcuffs, and physical force to maintain discipline and order among prisoners.
    • Take prisoners into custody and escort to locations within and outside of facility, such as visiting room, courtroom, or airport.
    • Settle disputes between inmates.
    • Drive passenger vehicles and trucks used to transport inmates to other institutions, courtrooms, hospitals, and work sites.
    • Conduct fire, safety, and sanitation inspections.
    • Serve meals, distribute commissary items, and dispense prescribed medication to prisoners.
    • Provide to supervisors oral and written reports of the quality and quantity of work performed by inmates, inmate disturbances and rule violations, and unusual occurrences.
    • Use nondisciplinary tools and equipment, such as a computer.
    • Investigate crimes that have occurred within an institution, or assist police in their investigations of crimes and inmates.
    • Participate in required job training.
    • Arrange daily schedules for prisoners including library visits, work assignments, family visits, and counseling appointments.
    • Counsel inmates and respond to legitimate questions, concerns, and requests.
    • Supervise and coordinate work of other correctional service officers.
    • Issue clothing, tools, and other authorized items to inmates.
    • Assign duties to inmates, providing instructions as needed.
    • Sponsor inmate recreational activities, such as newspapers and self-help groups.
    • Social Perceptiveness

      Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy
    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

    • Law and Government

      Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary $46,770/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $22.49/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 13,170
    • Yearly Projected Openings 840
    Typical Education
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Self Control
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
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